Sunday, September 21, 2014
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Montoya gunning for Indy win

Juan Pablo Montoya, of Colombia, sits next to his car as he waits for his turn to qualify during qualifications for Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Montoya needed four races to get comfortable again in an Indy car. His feel has returned just in time for the Indianapolis 500, the race he won in 2000. (Tom Strattman/AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya, of Colombia, sits next to his car as he waits for his turn to qualify during qualifications for Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Montoya needed four races to get comfortable again in an Indy car. His feel has returned just in time for the Indianapolis 500, the race he won in 2000. (Tom Strattman/AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya stormed on to the national scene in 1999 as a brash and fearless rookie who didn't hesitate to challenge the biggest names in open-wheel racing.

The 23-year-old Montoya didn't hesitate to drive his car in the most precarious positions, and charged hard in his pursuit of winning races. He collected seven wins and won the CART Series championship, then picked up three more series victories the next year.

He also won the Indianapolis 500 that season in a rout: He led 167 of the 200 laps and beat runner-up Buddy Lazier by more than seven seconds.

Now back in IndyCar after a 14-year absence, Montoya believes he can win the Indy 500 again when the flag goes down at noon Sunday.

Saying farewell

Jim Nabors is back home again in Indiana, this time to say farewell.

The actor whose bumbling Gomer Pyle character endeared Nabors to an entire generation in the 1960s, and whose rich baritone voice has provided the soundtrack for the Indianapolis 500 for more than four decades, will perform "Back Home Again in Indiana" on Sunday for the last time.

Nabors, 83, has been singing it since 1972, when he showed up at the track and expected to sing the national anthem. Instead, he was told to sing the Hoosier State's unofficial anthem.

Larson holds on for win

Kyle Larson raced to his second Nationwide Series victory Saturday, holding off Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

Larson, 21, passed Keselowski on the 118th lap in the 200-lap race and led the rest of the way.

Associated Press
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